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Registration to vote in presidential primary still open

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Ridgefielders may register to vote, and unaffiliated voters may join either party, at the registrars’ office in town hall up until noon on Monday, April 25, the day before the primary, and vote in the next day’s presidential contest. Another 23,182 registered as unaffiliated, and 16,896 registered as Republican. Since Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, Independents and other non-major party voters will not be able to cast a ballot on Tuesday for candidates, but will be able to vote on the ballot question. Poll hours are 6 a.m.to 8 p.m.

“I think people know that there’s a contest and they want to be part of it”, Merrill said. “Let’s face it: For many years, CT hasn’t exactly been a battleground state”. Case in point: Donald Trump’s recent clobbering of his opponents in NY seems to have re-invigorated his campaign, yet practically, Trump will not win New York’s electoral college votes in the general election, so it should have much less bearing on the Republican nomination process.

The surge of new voters in CT could help the candidates differently.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading Vermont Sen.

New data from the Secretary of the State’s office show 29,286 of new voters who signed up between January 1 and April 13 are between the ages of 18-29, while 5,232 are under the age of 18.

To vote by an absentee ballot, one must already be registered to vote. Sanders leads among 18-34 year old voters 73-26 percent.

On the Democratic side, Clinton is the favorite to win CT, with FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver expecting her to get 51 percent of the vote, compared to 39.7 percent for Sanders.

There will be no voter registration on primary day.

Of the three counties, Jefferson County had the highest Republican turnout – almost 40 percent of the county’s 22,604 registered Republicans voted.

Tuesday April 26 is the big day, and officials said every 60 seconds on Monday, someone in CT registered to vote.

In 2008, estimates in news stories put the cost of a special statewide primary and general election to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat as high as $50 million, though those elections weren’t necessary. Currently, there are approximately 1.9 million people registered. Democratic registration is up 2.5 percent to nearly 4.1 million. “I love to see it”.

One good thing about the prolonged primary fight is that it has exposed what a bad system we have to pick our president. Changing to swing state super-weighting would have the same positive effect it would have for the Democrats: it would better identify the candidate most likely to win the general election while being more transparent and obvious as to why and how the system is undemocratically rigged.

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